Community Outreach & Involvement

Childbirth, Maternity and Parenting

2016 Childbirth Education Schedule

At St. John Medical Center (SJMC), we want your birth experience to be the best it can be. We have some of the finest physicians and nurses around to make sure that your time with us exceeds your expectation. To accomplish this, we strongly believe that before your baby’s birth, you will need to prepare both physically and emotionally. That’s why we have created a series of childbirth education classes to get you ready for that special delivery.


To register for a class or for more information, please call 1-877-597-6348.

The following classes are held at:

St. John Medical Center
29000 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, OH 44145

Childbirth Classes (5 week class) Includes Infant Care
7:00 – 9:30 pm | Auditorium B | Cost: $110

Tuesdays - March 8 thru April 5
Tuesdays - May 10 thru June 7
Tuesdays - November 8 thru December 6

Preparation for childbirth can increase the joyful experience and confidence of the mother-to-be and her partner. Learn about nutrition, exercise, relaxation, breathing and the birth process.

Childbirth Saturday Classes (2 Saturday classes)
9:30 am – 1:30 pm | Auditorium B | Cost: $85

January 23 & 30, March 5 & 12, April 16 & 23,
June 4 & 11, July 23 & 30, September 10 & 17,
October 22 & 29, December 3 & 10

Participants must attend both four-hour sessions. Infant care, which is covered in the cost of the class, must be scheduled separately.

Infant Care Classes No charge if registered for Childbirth Classes
7:00 – 9:30 pm | Auditorium B | Cost: $30

January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5,
August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

Classes help to prepare new parents in the care of their newborn and what to expect in the first weeks. Different techniques in bathing, diapering, feeding and swaddling are demonstrated. All questions are answered.

Holistic Birth Options
7:30 – 9:00 pm | Auditorium B | No Fee

2nd Monday of the month
January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11,
August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

This class will cover a variety of birthing options, including an introduction to our “Holistic Birth Center” program. We will share topics surrounding natural childbirth options, including the use of hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, therapeutic use of music and relaxation techniques in an effort to achieve a satisfying birth experience.

Daddy Boot Camp
6:30 – 8:30 pm | Auditorium A | Cost: Free

2nd Monday of every other month starting in February
February 8, April 11, June 13, August 8, October 10, December 12

Come to this informative class to help fathers in their new roles as daddies. This class includes hands-on techniques for diapering, cuddling, swaddling, feeding and bonding. Also, how to best support the new mommy is discussed.

Breastfeeding Class
7:00 – 9:30 pm | Auditorium A | Cost: $30.00

2nd Monday every other month starting in January
January 11, March 14, May 9, July 11, September 12, November 14

Prepare for the experience of breast-feeding a newborn prior to the baby’s arrival. All questions answered.


Bradley Method of Prepared Childbirth - 12 week class
7:00 – 9:30 pm | Auditorium A or B | Cost: $150

Wednesdays | Session I – February 3 thru April 20
Wednesdays | Session II – May 4 thru July 27 (No class 5/25/16)
Thursdays | Session III – June 2 thru August 18
Wednesdays | Session IV – September 21 thru December 14 (No class 11/23/16)
Thursdays | Session V – December 1 thru February 16, 2017

The Bradley Method focuses on a natural, unmedicated childbirth in the absence of medical complications. This class stresses the importance of a healthy baby, healthy mom and healthy family. Emphasis is placed on nutrition, exercise, coaching and the natural process of labor and birth.

Dancing for Birth - Sharon Johnson, MS, CNM
2 Saturdays a month | 9:30 am – 11:00 am | Auditorium B
Cost: $20 a month | excludes holidays

January 9 & 16, February 6 & 13, March 19 & 26, April 9 & 30,
May 14 & 21, June 18 & 25, July 9 & 16, August 13 & 20,
September 3 & 24, October 8 & 15, November 12 & 19, December 17

Learn how Dancing for Birth can work with gravity and movement to help you become mentally and physically ready to embrace the birth experience. Class will be offered to both prenatal and postpartum moms. Bring water and yoga mat. To register please call 877-597-6348.

The following class is held at:

University Hospitals Westlake Medical Center
960 Clague Road
Westlake, OH 44145
RSVP: (440) 779-5793

Natural Family Planning
6:30 – 9:00 pm | 2nd Monday of the month | Cost: $135.00

Session I - March 14, April 11, May 9
Session II - September 12, October 10, November 14

A healthy and highly effective way for a couple to understand how a woman’s body works in order to achieve or postpone pregnancy. This class enhances communication and respect for the gift of life. Couples who switch to Natural Family Planning report greater marital intimacy. Classes are taught in a set of three sessions. Participants must attend all three classes.

The following class is held at:

SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, OH 44145
No registration needed.

Breastfeeding Group
10:00 am – Noon | Wednesdays | No Fee

Come and meet with other moms who have experienced the joy of breastfeeding and have all your questions answered. This group is facilitated by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Family Birth Center Tour
Call us at 440-827-5093 to schedule your prenatal tour of our Family Birth Center that offers single room labor/delivery, recovery and postpartum in a home-like setting. A tour is also included with several of the Childbirth Education classes. Healthy, low-risk mothers may also want to visit our Holistic Birthing Center, which treats birth as a normal process and intervention is typically not needed. Unlike natural childbirth at home, the Holistic Birthing Center offers the safety net of around-the-clock pediatric and obstetric coverage all backed by a full-service hospital. Once you see our facilities and meet our staff, we’re confident you will want to have your baby with us!

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